In a large bowl mix the sugar, butter, molasses, and egg. Beat until light and fluffy.
Beat in the flour, baking, soda, salt, grated ginger, candied ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Mix well to incorporate all the spices.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and prepare cookie sheets with parchment.
Mix the 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 tsp. of powdered ginger in a small bowl.
Shape the dough into 1 inch balls then roll in the ginger sugar. Place on baking sheets 2 inches apart.
Bake for 10 minutes, until set. Cool on a wire rack, then store in an airtight container.